Lavochkin LA-5FN 1/48 Eduard
In 1941, to integrate the cumbersome Shvetsov ASh-82 (M-82) engine into the frame of the LaGG-3 to build LA-5 was not a small matter and it costs the life to some Russian test pilots. The new machine required many improvements (cooling, leak fluid into the cockpit, maniability) which ended, around 1944, in LA-5FN (F for compressor, N for direct injection) which was equal to its german opponents (Bf 109 G and FW 190) while flying under 3000 meters. LA-5 possesses a long very characteristic air inlet over the hood for the supercharging pressure; it was moved down on the LA-7.
This limited edition 1/48 Eduard kit comes from an previous Zvezda model. Finely detailed, it is nevertheless a little bit delicate to realize, in particular at the level of the closure of both halves of the fuselage (the file is necessary, but take care on thin frame tubes). The placement of tail exhausts requires a lot of attention and the slightest gap in the position of the engine led to a bad propeller alignment. (I owed little to cheat under the front hood). I added some scratch parts to improve the inside, original engine and both artillery ChVAK.
I used grey colors recommended by Eduard, Gunze H317 and H331which seem plausible. There are many discussions about Russian greys of this period, I believe that they are vain, because seen the climate conditions to which these paintings were exposed (chemical or biological aggression), nobody is capable of saying what looked like the exact tones of these planes. But maybe you have back Russian grandfather with excellent visual memory…
The dedication inscription says “From co-op farmer Vasily Viktorovitch Konev”.
I recommend the french magazine Aero Journal (HS n°20), an excellent special issue (by Herbert Leonard) about story of Lavotchkine fighters.
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